Community Standards

Generally speaking, as long as the following rules are met you should never find yourself subject to disciplinary action:



  • Ensure a friendly atmosphere to our visitors and forum members.


  • Encourage the freedom of expression and exchange of information in a mature and responsible manner.


  • "Don't be a dick" - Wil Wheaton.


  • "Be excellent to each other" - Bill and Ted.


  • Remember your audience; both present and future.


The following is not an exhaustive list of the rules and guidelines that must be followed when participating on Linus Tech Tips. The administration and moderation team reserve the right to terminate any and all accounts or remove any content at any stage without prior notice. The rules outlined below are only the minimum expectations of members, and not every issue can be predicted and addressed here, so conduct could still be considered out of line even if it isn't covered here specifically. The instructions of the moderation team must be followed at all times.



  • No harassment, discrimination or abuse of any kind.


    • This includes insults, fanboy, or troll accusations


  • No pornography or sexually explicit material


  • No spam


    • ‘LMGTFY’ links


    • Post count/reputation farming


    • 'Ask Me Anything’ threads


    • Tagging things as 'repost' or 'reported'


  • No Trolling


    • This includes flame wars such as Microsoft vs Apple, NVIDIA vs AMD, Intel vs AMD


  • No advertising


    • No eBay/trading sites


    • No referral links


    • No advertising YouTube channels. (see below for more info)


    • Twitch/YouTube links ARE allowed in user profile status updates


  • Talking about piracy in general is acceptable, posting or discussing pirated/hacked/cracked or otherwise nefariously obtained content is not.


  • Signatures


    • Text only, up to size 14


    • No Advertising/External Links, other than to other LTT forum posts


  • Privacy


    • In the interests of personal safety, we do not permit the posting of personal information other than your own. This includes usernames, email addresses etc.


    • We highly discourage the posting of and will actively remove any personal information of persons under the age of 16


  • Moderation & Bans


    • Do not openly discuss the moderation of any content or user. If you have an issue, please contact a staff member.


    • Do not backseat moderate – if there’s an issue, please use the report function.


    • Please be aware staff cannot see private messages unless they are reported.


    • If you have an issue with a moderator at any time, please contact an Administrator via PM @admin


    • Sub Forum Specific Requirements (including rules on video posting)


      • Member reviews


      • Hot deals


      • Tech News


      • Off Topic


      • Guides and Tutorials


      • Build Logs


      • Classifieds


Industry Affiliate Code of Conduct



Industry Affiliates are representatives of companies within the computer industry. Their posting privileges are the same as standard members, and while they are able to (and encouraged to) interact with the community outside of talking about their products or services, they should always keep in mind the way their behaviour reflects on their company. Industry Affiliates are required to conduct themselves in a professional and respectful manner to all moderators, administrators, general members, and other Industry Affiliates. To ensure that can maintain fair treatment of all Industry affiliates, we have created these guidelines:



  • All Industry Affiliates (employees of tech companies) must identify themselves if they intend to promote their company, products, or services in any way. Industry Affiliates who are engaging in "guerrilla marketing" WILL be banned, and their company may be added to a public blacklist posted on


  • Industry Affiliates may truthfully answer questions about their own products and may assist members with technical and warranty support for their products in almost any context. It is still acceptable even in situations where the original post is not about the Industry Affiliates product as long as it doesn't derail the thread.


  • Industry Affiliates may not recommend their own products to a user who is not already specifically asking about them. When that happens, the Industry Affiliate may clarify the features and value of his or her products, as well as help the Original Poster to understand the similar products that are also available within their product stack. This should not be interpreted as an opportunity to "upsell" and only educational information with a basis in fact will be acceptable. No snake oil marketing strategies will be tolerated from Industry Affiliates. We take reports from members about "marketing BS/Manipulation" very seriously.


  • Industry Affiliates' member profiles and signatures must adhere to our standard guidelines, but may also contain one link to their official company support website


  • Industry Affiliates are encouraged to engage naturally with the community rather than taking a strictly "business-like" approach to their interactions. It's worth considering that by being a helpful part of the community, you will build trust with our members, moderators, and administrators, which will lend credibility to you as an individual and to your company.


  • Industry Affiliates are expected to set a positive example for the rest of the community by being trustworthy sources of information, and by adhering not only to the Industry Affiliate Code of Conduct, but also the general Community Standards.